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The "Thoughtful Guidance" difference; we are a full service funeral home. Many of our packages include certified copies of the death certificate, and no matter the level of service you choose we will help obtain certified copies and submit newspaper notices. The cost of these non-funeral home costs are not marked up. All families may choose to have an online memorial page that remains active in our archives and may be linked to your social media accounts at no additional cost. We are on call 24/7 and have years of experience and knowledge to help your family. You aren't expected to go it alone.
Important to know: When a death occurs please call the funeral home at 978-263-5333; please do not rely on email or texts to contact us for the first notification call as the situation is too important and urgent to rely on electronic transmissions. The funeral home phone line is answered 24/7 by our funeral directors or an answering service rep. Pre-Need pages: If you take the time to complete a pre-need information record, we also ask that you also please call the funeral home at 978-263-5333 to confirm receipt.
CRITICAL COVID-19 UPDATE:
As you are certainly aware, the outbreak has affected funeral and memorial services. Our job is not only provide services to help families when a death occurs, but to also protect the public health; that includes the families who call us to help, the people we interact with during the course of our work including healthcare providers, our own staff and the larger community. We continue to get updates from the government and funeral directors' associations with recommendations. We must by law comply with all government guidelines.
Therefore effective immediately we must abide by Gov. Baker's Emergency Declaration announced March 23, 2020.
"To minimize community spread, as well as to provide for adequate social distancing, all residents of the Commonwealth of MA are ordered to remain in their residences and not gather publicly. All public funeral gatherings, viewings, or ceremonies, therefore, should not be conducted in any funeral home, place of worship, cemetery, or crematory until further notice. Only immediate family should be permitted to privately identify and participate in a non-public viewing and/or abbreviated service, and witness the final disposition (assuming the particular cemetery permits this)."
The letter issued by Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association President C.R. Lyons continues:
"There are no restrictions on embalming or final disposition method restrictions in place at this time. Decedents should not be stored or held for future memorialization. Removal, preparation, and disposition should take place in a timely and efficient manner with all public memorial events, ceremonies, and services postponed until after this order is lifted.
Each funeral home is requested to assist families through their grief- a grief that has been severely compounded by these necessary restrictions-in a thoughtful and creative manner. Funeral home staff may continue to operate under this order and the next of kin, if they are not subject to quarantine, may make arrangements in the funeral home or at their residence. However, we strongly encourage the making of arrangements through other means such as via telephone and email. Working together, we are certain to get through this unprecedented time."
As was stated in earlier notices, it is our understanding the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne is allowing witnessed burial by immediate family fewer than 10 people. The Massachusetts Memorial Veterans' Cemeteries are providing for direct burials only. Military honors by the US Armed Services, volunteers and Veterans organizations will not be permitted nor provided at this time. These policies are subject to change with little or no notice.
Special thank you to MFDA President C.R. Lyons, along with Margaret M. Nolan and Tara McGrath for their continued efforts on behalf of funeral homes. You are welcome to use the web page as a resource by visiting www.massfda.org.
We will continue to do our best for all,
Sincerely, Tim McGavin, Tom Grasso, Henry and Kathy Boyle
Looking for a memorial page or to post an online condolence message? Listings are on the right of this page. For current services use the arrows at the bottom of the list to see additional pages. For a past service click on "Past Services." Type the name in the search bar to find the record. All our memorial pages complete with obituaries, tributes and photos are archived at no cost to families.
VERY IMPORTANT: A Word about Flowers: In Massachusetts regulations prohibit funeral homes to sell flowers or receive compensation for floral purchases. We do not offer that service from our web site. Many of the newspaper and online obituary sites connect to us when we submit the notice and/or post a memorial page. They may offer floral sales on their pages, and often people mistakenly believe we endorse their products. However to ensure quality work, prompt service and timely delivery, we encourage people to order flowers directly from local brick and mortar florist shops. You may call the funeral home at 978-263-5333 and we can provide the name and number of the florist that the family has chosen.
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Acton Funeral Home
Acton, MA 01720